As the title reads I am interested in returning to school (college). Originally I went to a community college in my hometown right after I graduated high school but I just couldn't get my head in to it yet. It wasn't that I couldn't do the work ("A" in English 101 but failed Math 64? 68? Pre-algebra. I am admittedly very behind) but couldn't focus on the subjects I obviously needed to focus on and therefore was not ready for college. Being three years older, having been an employee in some form of customer service, and finally (maybe, hopefully) figuring out what I'd like to do for my career has made me realize just how important post high school education really is.
Currently I work full time at a hotel as a night auditor. I've been with my company for two years this March. Working in this industry has left an impression on me to the point where hospitality is what I'd like to end up doing. I enjoy the business side of hotels and F&B. Working as an auditor has given me some basic insight to managing a hotels employees, accounting and day to day operations. When I first wanted to resume my education I wanted to go into hospitality management. I still want to do this however but I want to have a more broad form education in business with an emphasis on hospitality management, if that makes sense.
Put simply I want to get a degree in business. Is this a good or bad idea? What should I expect?
When I took classes at my original community college I was accepted for financial aid. Although I failed a class during my original quarter of schooling I reapplied the next year was accepted but with the stipulation that I maintain a 3.0. I didn't return to school at this point because I had to relocate for my job. Is financial aid an option at this point? I am now in Seattle, Washington. Unfortunately at this point in my life I need to keep my full time job but I do not have children. Though I work 40 hours a week it is during the graveyard shift and I often do have downtime during the night. Is online school an option? How many classes could I take online, if at all possible a full schedule online would be the best possible scenario.
I feel that I have the will to advance in my career but no tools to do so with yet. Any sort of advice is strongly appreciated! In addition I plan to get into contact with local community college advisers to see what they think.